On Oct. 20, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted 31 area women battling breast cancer at Redskins Park in Ashburn for day of pampering, support and celebration. Alongside Tanya Snyder, wife of team owner Dan Snyder, and 10 current Redskins players, the women were treated to a day of support and celebration.
This is the ninth-consecutive year of the event, which is one of several efforts by the Foundation to reach out to breast cancer survivors, or “All-Stars.”
“It means a lot to me because I get to come out here and make people, who have gone through a rough time and are going through a tough time, feel a little better,” said Redskins offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio.
As part of the event, the women were treated to makeup consultations, massages and a behind-the-scenes tour of Redskins Park with the players. The women also received jeans donated by Gap Inc., scarves and wigs from the American Cancer Society and a Redskins gift bag.
“Besides the touchup and makeup and getting all pretty, this is a hard time in their lives,” said Redskins linebacker Houston Bates. “To have a day like this just to spend with us, have fun, joke around, get some makeup, massage, take a tour of the facility, it really means a lot to them, makes their day. Anytime I can do that, we’re all for it. Day off or not, we’re here for them.”
Along with Kouandjio and Bates, eight other Redskins participated in the event including Colt McCoy, Dustin Hopkins, Anthony Lanier II, Nick Sundberg, Chris Baker, Ryan Grant, Will Compton and Brandon Scherff.